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Brandeis University

Brandeis is a private university located in the Boston suburb of Waltham, MA. Brandeis offers its students multiple programs and initiatives which celebrate Israel and whitewash over the realities of Israel's ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the homeland and theft of Palestinian resources.

Brandeis maintains partnerships with several Israeli universities through its "Israel Initiative." Brandeis states about its Israel Initiative: "Israeli students from Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev’s Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management who enroll in the MA and MBA programs at Brandeis International Business School can get financial support and possible credit toward work completed."

Brandeis is home to the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, which the university claims is "dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of Israeli history, politics, culture and society." Brandeis further states that the Schusterman Center's "mission goes far beyond scholarship itself," noting that the center is "committed to creating and disseminating knowledge about the modern state of Israel, not just at Brandeis, but to a global audience." The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies regularly partners with Boston area Zionist organizations, including The Consulate General of Israel to New England and Hadassah, to host propagandistic, pro-Israel events on the Brandeis campus (see for example: here and here).

Brandeis University is also home to the "Crown Center for Middle East Studies." Brandeis's Crown Center bears the name of the late Henry Crown, a Chicago-based financier whose family made their (as of 2005) $3.6 billion dollar fortune through ventures including owning a 20% stake in the US weapons developer General Dynamics. (See entry on General Dynamics.) As Bob Feldman reported in 2005: "From its investments in Pentagon war contractors like General Dynamics and U.S. real estate, the Crown family has accumulated a family fortune of $3.6 billion, according to a recent Forbes magazine estimate. A portion of the Crown family’s surplus wealth was apparently recently shifted to Brandeis University in Massachusetts in order to establish the 'Crown Center for Middle East Studies'." Feldman reports that the Crown Center's Founding Director and Professor of Politics Shai Feldman (who still holds this position, as of 2022) was a "member of the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies Council and a recent head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) at Tel Aviv," further noting that the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) (which Shai Feldman headed before joining the Crown Center) "employs former Israeli military officials as staff members" such as "Feldman’s successor as head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS) [who] is former Israeli General Zvi Shtauber, who headed the Strategic Planning Division of the Israel Defense Forces, according to the JCSS’s web site at www.tau.ac.il/jcss."

Brandeis University also hosts the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program includes "The Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel," which Brandies states "has been a cornerstone of the Hornstein Program’s curriculum for more than 30 years". Listed amongst "People and Places We've Visited," under a section entitled "West Bank," on The Myra Kraft Seminar in Israel website are: "Security barrier tour," ie a visit to and tour of Israel's apartheid and annexation wall which fragments Palestinian communities in the West Bank; and "'Mifgash' with students." Mifgash is the Hebrew word for "encounter" and refers to meetings between young Israeli adults and young Jewish adults from abroad. Given that the "Mifgash" coordinated by the Kraft Seminar occur in the West Bank, these encounters presumably involved Brandeis students meeting Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Furthermore, the IACT (Inspired, Active, Committed and Transformed) program operates on the Brandeis University campus. Designed and funded by Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), the IACT program aims to “strengthen and transform Jewish life and Israel advocacy on campuses through the expansion of Birthright Israel and the active engagement of Birthright Israel participants in new programs." WickedLocal reports about IACT, "The program, currently at 29 local Hillels around the country, supports a coordinator on each campus dedicated to recruiting students for Birthright Israel trips and inspiring them to become active in Jewish life and Israel activities once back on campus."

415 South St, Waltham, MA 02453

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